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. >> a leaked draft of an internal united nations report seen by the bbc says the u.n. was responsible for a grave failure to protect civilians in the final stages of sri lanka's civil war in 2009. the report says staff didn't see it their responsibility to prevent the killing of innocent people and wept on to criticize a decision not to publish the number of civilian casualties. here is our report. >> in may of 2009, one of the world's longest running and bloodiest civil wars ended on the northern shores of sri lanka. since then, the u.n. and others have found growing evidence of abuses and possible war crimes by sri lanka forces and tiger forces. now a draft report given to the bbc concludes there was a grave failure of the u.n. in the final months of war to the detriment of hundreds of thousands of civilians. it says in the capital columbo, many senior u.n. staff did not perceive the prevention of the killing of civilians as their responsibility, and they weren't being instructed to do otherwise from new york. this wasn't a peacekeeping mission. when the government launched its fina
are drawing strength. in this school, the un special envoy for education got a lesson. >> she was very brave and had to stand up to people intimidating her. >> we fight for her rights even though there was lots of danger. it was brave, she gave us an example. >> of the girls have big dreams, and when they grow up, many want to be just like her. dr. gordon brown is hearing about the ambitions people have, many girls never see the inside of the classroom. she risked her life to campaign for girls' education and the united nations is going to carry on that fight. she pledged to campaign for them just before she was shot. >> simply for going to school, wanting to go to school, it is so unspeakable. >> they raise their voices in her honor, a nobel peace prize. the courageous teenager would be a worthy recipient. for more of the global attention her case has drawn, i spoke to the founder of women for women international that joined us from new york. the effect taking place in pakistan, is it possible something positive could come out of her plight? >> i would hope so. she is a representation of th
be sued arming the rebels, but the u.n. embargo will have to be lifted first. the aim? tipping the balance against president assad. the signals today could hardly be clearer. this seemed to be itching to announce formal recognition of the new opposition coalition if the president can be brought down. >> they represent about 90% of the forces on the ground. we are in dialogue with other opposition forces of the coalition. i think the british and international community recognizes the presentation the coalition has. >> still, the crisis in serial worsens by the day. these refugees are risking heading home again, partly in fear of what without adequateutg opposition rebels to grow stronger. >>> another sign of the changes in the middle east, clashes have broken out in jordan between anti-government protesters and supporters of the cane. -- of the king abdullah. some protesters have called for the downfall of king abdullah. >>> two former croatian generals have been cleared of war crimes committed during the 1990's. they were given a rousing welcome. an appeals court in the hague ruled there w
' agenda today: harsh criticism of u.n. ambassador susan rice by republican senators lindsay graham and john mccain. they attacked her for saying the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, had been a spontaneous outburst of muslim anger when officials already knew it was a terrorist attack. and they insisted they'd oppose having her replace hillary clinton, who's stepping down as secretary of state. >> this is about the role she played around four dead americans when it seems to be that the story coming out of the administration-- and she's the point person-- is so disconnected from reality, i don't trust her. and the reason i don't trust her is because i think she knew better, and if she didn't know better, she shouldn't be the voice of america. >> reporter: in response, the president was vehement in his defense of ambassador rice. >> let me say specifically about susan rice, she has done exemplary work. she has represented the united states and our interests in the united nations with skill and professionalism and toughness and grace. as i've said before, she made an app
border town where government forces and rebels are engaged in heavy fighting. the u.n.'s humanitarian agency said today that most of the refugees fled to nearby turkey. in all, some 120,000 syrians are now living there in camps. still, president bashar assad told russian tv he has no regrets about his actions to crush the rebels, and he insisted it is not a "civil war." >>> it's not about the conciliation between the syrians and syria, don't have-- it's about terrorism and support coming from abroad for terrorists to destabilize syria. this is our war. >> sreenivasan: meanwhile, a report in "the new york times" depicted declining public support in syria for the rebels. the "times" said syrian civilians are increasingly frustrated with the anti-assad forces over unnecessary destruction and criminal behavior. the u.s. navy has reprimanded seven active duty members of seal team six, including one involved in the raid that killed osama bin laden. all received letters of reprimand for allegedly sharing classified information with a video game maker. they've also been docked half their pay
off suspects. u.n. ambassador susan rice used the edited version in remarks five days after the attack. some republicans have accused her of downplaying the terror link to avoid hurting the president's re-election bid. but senate intelligence chair dianne feinstein defended rice today. >> we have seen wrong intelligence before. and it all surrounded our going into iraq. and a lot of people were killed based on bad intelligence. so and i don't think that's fair game. i think mission takes-- mistakes get made. >> holman: the benghazi attack killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. in afghanistan, 17 civilians were killed today when their bus set off a roadside bomb. the victims were on their way to a wedding. separately, two nato service members were killed in a roadside bomb attack in the eastern part of the country. there was hopeful talk today about avoiding the "fiscal cliff" after president obama met with congressional leaders at the white house. a series of tax increases and spending cuts will kick in on january 1, unless the two sides can come to agreement.
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